Hire a professional – There are several people out there that would love to take your photos for your holiday cards. When searching for the photographer you’d like to use, consider more than the monetary investment to be made; be sure you have looked through their portfolio and that you love their work – this is representative of what you’ll be getting from them too. If photographs are important to you and you’ve found a photographer that you love, be sure to contact them ASAP to get on their schedule! The fall is the busiest time of year for most photographers and they likely will have limited space available already! If you’re interested images of your children and donating to a local charity at the same time, but sure to sign up for my newsletter, I’ll be announcing my holiday sessions soon and there’s limited space!
Sign them – I love the ease of having cards printed that are unique to my family so that we can catch everyone one up on our lives and share beautiful images of us quickly and easily. However, nothing says impersonal (and lazy?) like a card that’s not signed! Take a moment to sign your cards – it’s something easy that goes such a long way <3
Let your style shine through – There are certain styles and trends each year that it seems everyone follows (gold and pink anyone?), even in creating their holiday cards. It’s okay to love these things too, but just be sure that it matches who you are too 🙂 This is true for your images, but also for the style of card you choose! If you’re using a professional photographer, you can work with them to help design and create something that’s totally unique for your family. I know that the design templates that I use are often very easily manipulated 🙂 I can change colors, fonts, etc to get to an end result that screams YOU!
Update your address list – That’s right, this is the best time to check all of your friends and family addresses to be sure they’re correct and current. Once November hits, as you know, life gets a bit (understatement) crazier. So, take advantage now to do the necessary (and boring) things. Plus, if you’re like me, you always forget to add people to the list the first time around, so starting early is definitely helpful!
Get your stamps – Again, what a great thing to do to help you get ready before your cards even arrive at your house! Now that you’ve gotten your address book updated you know exactly how many stamps you’ll need too 🙂
Think of them as a gift – We’ve gotten a few digital cards over the years – and although I love to see and hear about your family in any form, there’s nothing quite like taking a walk to the mailbox on a snowy winter’s day and having the excitement of real mail to open! Give this same gift to those whom you love.
Use them again! – Have you ever thought to frame one of your own holiday cards to add to your home decorations each year? What a great way to be reminded of how much your family has grown through the years! Or, another idea: we have a cousin that saves all of the holiday cards they receive from others and their family pulls out a new one each week of the year and prays for that family specifically! Another great way to make the joy of the holiday season last all year long <3